Chantry Flat to Sturtevant's Camp via Spruce Grove and return via Mt. Zion and Upper Winter Creek Trail. Start time at 9:30 AM. We will return to Chantry Flat around 3:00 PM or shortly thereafter.
9.5 miles with an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. Moderately difficult. But the pace is leisurely for seasoned hikers and we stop to smell the roses (figuratively speaking) along the way. NOT FOR BEGINNERS!
This is one of my favorite hikes in the San Gabriel Mountains with plenty of shade and a wide range of scenery: streams, canyons, forests, mountains. Sturtevant's Camp is a gem that can only be reached on foot. It sits in a grove of large spruce trees and has been in continuous operation since the 1890s (no, that's not a typo).
Bring water and pack a lunch as we will stop at Sturtevant's Camp and at Hoegee's Camp on the way back to Chantry Flat.
Yes, I know, Earth Day is a Monday. But I haven't been to Chantry Flat for over a year because parking on weekends and holidays ranges from awful to atrocious. The lot is usually full by 7:00 AM and soon thereafter people are parking half a mile back down the road. Going on a Monday solves the parking problem, and hiking on Earth Day does have a certain cachet.
There are patches of poison oak along shady sections of the trail. Unless you enjoy skin rashes, wear trousers instead of shorts.
Meet at the trailhead where the mountain road enters the parking lot. Look for two small black dogs. If you can't find parking on the first level, drive through to the main lot above it. Plan to arrive a few minutes early, particularly if you have not driven to Chantry Flat previously. We will start promptly at 9:30 AM. The drive from the Santa Anita exit of I-210 to the parking lot at Chantry Flat takes about 20 minutes.
PLEASE NOTE: A National Forest Adventure Pass is required for parking.
You can purchase an Adventure Pass at most Sporting Goods Stores (e.g., Sports Chalet, Big 5). A single day pass costs $5; an annual pass $30.
Take I-210 to Arcadia (a few miles east of Pasadena) and exit at Santa Anita Avenue. Turn north (toward the mountains) at the bottom of the ramp and drive through residential Arcadia. Santa Anita Avenue turns into a narrow road running along the side of Santa Anita Canyon. The road terminates at Chantry Flat, where there are parking and restroom facilities.
Those coming from Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Glendale, Eagle Rock and the San Fernando Valley are welcome to meet at the parking lot for the tennis courts and soccer field near the southeast corner of Griffith Park -– on Riverside Drive 100 yards south of the intersection of Riverside and Los Feliz Blvd. If you exit from the I-5 at Los Feliz Blvd., proceed west to the first stop light, turn left (south) onto Riverside, and then look for the first driveway on your left into the parking lot.
Do NOT turn north from Los Feliz into Griffith Park. (If you cannot see the tennis courts and the soccer field immediately after you turn onto Riverside, you are going the wrong way.) The carpool point meeting time is 8:15 AM. Don't be late. We will leave without you since it takes an hour to drive to Chantry Flat and I want to arrive at least a few minutes before the official start time at 9:30.
My mobile number is[masked], but you won't be able to reach me once we enter the canyon around 9:00 AM. No signal.
Since I limit the number of participants please do not RSVP "Yes" unless you mean it. There is no "Maybe" option. If you want to bring more than one person with you, please contact me.
Joining this hike is entirely voluntary and participants assume all associated risks. It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate, with appropriate provisions and equipment. The Los Angeles Hiking Meetup group and the hike organizer make no warranties about the safety or supervision of these activities.